5 tips on making a faster recovery from an ACL reconstruction

There’s no quick fix approach to recovering from an ACL or knee reconstruction. Your new ACL needs time to heal so it can return stability and strength to your knee.

While it will take you a while to get back in the game, there are a few steps you can take to support and speed up the recovery process so you can return to doing what you love faster!

  1. Follow your physiotherapist’s advice.

Your physiotherapist will play an important role in your journey to recovery. He/she will support you along every step of the way as you rebuild your knee’s strength and stability.

It’s important that you follow your rehabilitation program and perform the exercises that your physiotherapist recommends so your recovery can continue to progress.

  1. Attend your follow-up appointments.

It is key that your treatment is monitored by your surgeon and physiotherapist at follow-up appointments. They will be able to track your recovery and make adjustments to your treatment plan to help you achieve the fastest and safest return to your previous activity.

  1. Get plenty of rest.

While rest might seem like an obvious step, the inner weekend or professional athlete within might tempt you to return to activities and sports before you are ready.

Staying off your recovering leg and not doing as much as you normally would in a day will give your knee the time it needs to fully heal.

  1. Look after yourself.

Getting enough sleep and eating a balanced diet will support your body’s ability to heal naturally. Your body’s tissues repair while you are asleep, so make sure you get your eight hours of quality sleep every night.

Eat plenty of leafy vegetables and lean protein so your body has plenty of sustenance and energy to heal.

  1. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

As your knee recovers, you will experience short-term immobility that can make some daily tasks difficult. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your friends and family so you can give your leg the rest it needs.

Another great tip to help progress your recovery faster is to read as much as you can about the process involved. One of Newcastle and the Hunter Valley’s top Orthopaedic Surgeons, Dr Stuart MacKenzie has created a free guide on ACL injuries, including what you can expect from the surgery and recovery.

18 May 2018

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